What About Matthew 28:19?

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It is widely assumed that Matthew 28:19 is a baptismal formula, but it is not true, otherwise the apostles would not have baptized people in the Name of Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:12, 16; 10:48; 19:5; 22:16). We are also told to pray in the Name of Jesus. He is our only Mediator. There is no Comforter but Him and He works out the plan of redemption both in the person of His humanity and the person of His divinity, His Spirit (John 14:18). It is His merits alone that saves us. The Father doesn’t have the merits, for He did not come into human flesh and work out the plan of redemption, yet the Father is the Head Authority, since He is the Source of all things (1 Cor. 11:3). The Holy Spirit is not a separate individual from Christ but carries the authority of Christ since it is Christ’s own divine life that wrought out our salvation and brings it to us. Therefore, the Name of Jesus (that the apostles baptized people in) carries all the authority of the Father, Himself (as the Son of the Father), and the His Spirit which He sends, and that is why the apostles baptized in the Name of Jesus.
Thus, Matthew 28:19, is speaking of the three-fold authority that witnesses to every believer that is baptized in Christ, for “name” simply means “authority.” It is not a baptismal formula, but Christ telling us that we have the authority of all three powers of the heavenly trio to baptize those who yield their lives to Him. I believe this Verse belongs in Scripture, for Sister White used it many times and it in no way teaches a three-person God. God is the Father, and there are three economic persons that have His divinity (Godhead, KJV). The Holy Spirit is not another individual, but the person of Christ working out all things outside of His flesh and blood that can only be in one place at a time. To read into this verse anything other than simply testifying to the threefold authority–the three powers that work out the plan of redemption–is to put man’s wisdom above the wisdom of God.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

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